July 10, 2009
BALTIMORE - Tennant McVea, a two-time MAAC Defensive Player of the Year and first team All-American, was named to the preseason All America team Friday by College Soccer News.
The senior back was one of just 11 players nationally to be selected to the second team. Loyola, ranked 15th in College Soccer News' preseason poll, opens up the season hosting Villanova on September 1, at 4 p.m.
Last year McVea, a native of Regent, Northern Ireland, became the first Loyola player since Zach Thornton in 1993 to be named a first team NSCAA All-American. Beside teammate Milos Kocic, who was named to the second team, the duo became just the 10th and 11th players in program history to earn the accolade.
In 2007 and 2008 McVea earned MAAC Defensive Player of the Year honors, with the Greyhounds winning a school-record 37 victories over the two-year span. He has started every game the last two seasons. In 2008, he captained a relentless defense that posted 12 shutouts on the year, good for ninth in the nation in shutout percentage. He also scored a pair of goals for Loyola, which advanced to the second round of the NCAA College Cup for the second straight year.